Charatan pipes have had a very eventful past. They started off life being made in London, were bought by an American company, Lanes, then later sold to Dunhill Pipes, who sold them to another company before buying them back several years later!

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Charatan Freehand Relief Pipe Sandblast BRAND NEW
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Vintage Charatans Free Hand Selected Straight Grain Estate Pipe
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Vintage Charatans Make Special 30102DC Lane Era Regd No London England Pipe
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CHARATANS MAKE 1950s New Market shape 58 Rusticgnarly and Very nice
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CHARATANs Make Lane Era FREE HAND RELIEF Estate Pipe f54
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Vintage CHARATAN INTERNATIONAL SELECTION Hand Carved Briar Estate Pipe Italy
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Charatans Make Special Lane Era 483 DC Estate Pipe
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CHARATANS MAKE early Lane era 422 Belvedere Very nice
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CHARATANS 281DC BARREL SITTER ESTATE PIPE
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CHARATANS MAKE Xd out Belvedere 1979 80 215DC Very nice
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Charatans Make Lane Era 61 Estate Pipe
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Charatans Make Special Lane Era 4148 DC Estate Pipe
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Vintage Estate Charatans Make Belvedere 420X Tobacco Pipe London England
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TOP CHARATAN MAKE BELVEDERE CROSS GRAIN SHAPE 2 no Filter
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TOP CHARATAN MAKE BELVEDERE FLAMME GRAIN SHAPE 3102 X no Filter
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Charatan pipes started life in 1863 when Frederick Charatan, who was a Russian-Jewish immigrant, opened up his shop in central London. He began by carving meerschaum pipes, which soon became very popular, so Charatan moved his business to a bigger workshop. He then began to carve briar pipes, actually becoming the first pipe brand to produce entirely hand-made briar pipes from the rough block to completed pipe, including stems.

Being known as the top English pipemaker, Charatan was actually approached by Alfred Dunhill. Dunhill was very unhappy with the quality of pipes that he was importing from France. So during 1908 - 1910 Alfred Dunhill purchased pipes directly from Charatan, although paying very high prices to make sure he had the very best pipes available for sale in England. Then in 1910 Dunhill managed to lure away Joel Sasieni from Charatan, one of his best carvers, to open his own pipe workshop in London.

In around 1950 an American, Herman G. Lane, was looking to expand his business into England. Lane Ltd. soon became the sole distributor for Charatan’s in the US. Soon Charatan pipes became hugely popular in the States, so in 1960 Lanes bought the company. Then in 1978 Lane's heirs sold Charatan to Dunhill!

Then, in 1988 Dunhill sold the rights to Charatan to James B. Russell Inc. a New Jersey company. Russell had their Charatan pipes made in France. However, these Charatans were terribly poor imitations of the original pipes and sales dropped. Eventually, in 2002, Russell went out of business and Dunhill re-purchased Charatan.